The event was open to anyone training for a future in the legal profession and was held at the offices of Martin Kaye Solicitors, at Euston Way in Telford. Around 45 delegates attended.
Vice-chairman of the Shropshire and Mid Wales Branch of CILEx, Sophie Davies, who also works for Martin Kaye LLP, said: “We were extremely pleased with the turnout and we had a good mix of delegates – from students just starting out, to part-qualified and many fully-qualified chartered legal executives.
“Our aim was to give them an insight into how becoming a member of CILEx could help develop their career and to explain that the training programme was a really viable alternative to a university degree.”
The guest speakers on the day at the evening were the President of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, Nick Hanning, and mental health tribunal judge Hugh Anton-Stephens.
There were also presentations from Lynne Squires, who explained the CILEx training route to delegates, and Kelly Davies of Fodens Solicitors, who shared her experiences of the CILEx scheme to delegates and explained to them how she became one of the first legal executives to be made a partner in a law firm.
Delegates were given practical advice on completing CVs and interview techniques as well, and enjoyed a buffet thanks to sponsors Adrian Mason, from Advance CPD in Shrewsbury. It was a free Continuing Professional Development event. Feedback received subsequently from the delegates showed it was a huge success.
Martin Kaye LLP’s senior partner, Graham Davies, said: “The conference was a great success and the atmosphere was buzzing with ideas and enthusiasm. At Martin Kaye we’re always keen to encourage our staff to continue to develop their skills and the CILEx training programme has proved extremely popular with many of our legal executives. We’re very happy to support the local branch of CILEx and to see so many professionals taking such an interest in their approach to training.”
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